The right- wing has begun taking out their frustrations with immigration on undocumented children
The lashing-out against Undocumented Immigrants is getting rather ridiculous and distasteful. As any chance of Immigration Reform appears to be dead, those staunchly opposed to any positive reform to Immigration Laws are moving out in-force to vent their rage. Often, those receiving the brunt of this rage are undocumented children, who are not excluded from the haters of Immigration Reform.
There was an incident recently in Murrieta, California. Three buses operated by the Border Patrol were halted from entering their station. The point of contention was that the buses were carrying undocumented children and their families who were about to be processed. The protesters were of the typical right-wing, anti-immigrant variety.
What strikes me about this incident, is the fact that it’s tied to the rise in public outcry by conservatives towards immigrants. Understand the distinction. They are not attacking immigration reform, as in policy proposals. They are focusing their attacks on the immigrants themselves, often very crudely.
I realize that the right-wing often engages in personal attacks toward immigrants as a people, but more often then not, they try and present the facade that they are simply engaging in genuine disagreement with policy. Now that Immigration Reform seems to be dead, the right-wing is giving up on any notion of policy agreement and their true colors are emerging.
The attacks against immigrants are now focused specifically on undocumented children. Rather than attacking immigrant adults, it appears a special type of rage is being reserved for the kids, despite most of the children having no choice in their parents decision to send them to America.
The term “anchor baby” apparently can’t be used enough by conservatives these days either. Of course none of them take into account that most undocumented children were not born in the US in the first place. How exactly they could be counted as anchor babies is unsure. Of course, for the children that were born in the US, the call grows louder for the repeal of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.
For those unfamiliar, the 14th Amendment in a post-Civil War amendment that was put in place to prevent states from denying citizenship to recently freed slaves. The Amendment confers automatic citizenship to children born on American soil. This Amendment of course did wonders for immigrant families as well, who benefited from their children being afforded citizenship at birth. Well, conservatives want to get rid of the Amendment.
Some have been talking about it for some time, but Laura Ingram recently proposed repealing the 14th Amendment along with rounding up undocumented immigrants by the thousands. Her ideas were so bad, that even Bill O’Reilly seemed to think it was bad politics. Ingram focused specifically on the kids, and believed that the “anchor babies” have to be kicked out just as harshly as their parents.
I understand the complexity of immigration policies. I realize that some countries put barbed wire and shock fences on their borders, and some nations have draconian immigration laws. Yet, as Americans, aren’t we supposed to represent something better than that? All those conservatives in America that consider themselves “real Americans” are all immigrants.
Every one of our ancestors (save for Native Americans) were immigrants from distant shores who clamored for whatever second chance they could get. How is opportunity a great thing for our relatives, but not for those who are coming here now? Last I recalled, we never showed birth-certificates and papers to Natives.
The nuances of this issue are important, and I am willing to hear many arguments. But, if there’s one thing that should be agreed on, its leaving the kids out of it. Unfortunately, the right-wing always keeps it classy…